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News & Events at Rio Library   [text-only version for printing]


November 22, 2010
Announcing a new library service to Rio Hondo students:

For the remaining 2-1/2 weeks of classes the Library will hold a Research Clinic to answer students’ last-minute questions about their research paper assignments.  This service will supplement the walk-up and by-appointment reference services provided at the reference desk.

WHAT:  Help with research questions, such as: how to focus their research topic, find books and articles related to their assignment, construct search strategies for specific online databases, evaluate and cite sources, etc.

WHO:  Students wishing to consult regarding their research, either individually or as a group, on a walk-in basis. 

WHEN:  9:30-11:00 AM, Monday through Thursday, Nov. 15 – Dec. 2, 2010

WHERE:  LR230


The Library Book Sale is Back!
Oct. 15, 2010 to Nov. 24, 2010

Come up to the library and look for the cart with the "Book Sale" sign. These used books are priced to move. All proceeds are used to purchase new library books.

News Release
09.09.10

Verizon Gives $15,000.00 to Rio Hondo College Library for Literacy Program

Whittier, CA - Rio Hondo College Library received a $15,000.00 grant from Verizon supporting Reinforcing Literacy @ Rio: A Librarian-Faculty Collaboration. This initiative addresses the need for the library to provide satisfying reading experiences for older, new readers of books written in English. The library will use the grant monies to develop a Verizon Collection of high-interest, low-literacy level materials. Three resource types will be purchased: life-skill oriented/informational materials, study and instructional materials, and adult leisure reading. “This is a great resource for developing readers,” says Robert Holcomb, Assistant Dean of Student Success and Retention (Basic Skills).

In the Rio Hondo Community College District area, over 26% of the students attending public schools are English learners. Of district residents, over 35% speak a language other than English at home, according to the 1999/2000 report of the U.S. Census Bureau. New students at Rio Hondo Community College take an academic preparedness test to identify reading level. The majority of students (63%) test into the remedial English (Reading & Study Skills) classes. These developmental learners are the students for whom this grant is directed, though the Verizon Collection will be available to the entire 25,000-person campus. Cooperation with the Communications & Languages Department means that over 1,100 students could benefit from the program by the spring of 2011.

This is the third Verizon grant that Rio Hondo College Library has received in the last two years. In the fall of 2008, Verizon gave $12,500 for the initiative Project Rio Hondo: An e-Learning Tutorial. This money was used to develop online tutorials for the library Web site. In the summer of 2009, Verizon contributed $20,000 to Children’s Story Time @ Rio Hondo College Library: A Campus Collaboration. This project resulted in the creation and implementation of storytelling classes for Child Development Department students.  

Media Contact Information:

Monique Delatte 
Instructional/Reference 
Librarian & Grant Writer
Rio Hondo College Library
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, California 90601
562.463.6642

Mike Murray 
Government & External Affairs Director
Verizon Foundation
Long Beach, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Southeast Los Angeles
Office:  562.435.9594
Fax: 562.435.9810

Free Books!
07.12.10  to  08.13.10
Check out the cart of free books in the Library lobby. Donations gladly accepted at the Circulation Desk! All proceeds will go to the purchase of new books.

News Release
11.30.09

Verizon gives $20,00.00, Target gives $3,000.00 to fund
Children’s Story Time @ Rio Hondo College: A Campus Collaboration

Whittier, CA - Verizon is contributing $20,000.00 and Target is giving $3,000.00 to the Rio Hondo College Foundation and the Rio Hondo College Grant Office, respectively, to fund a collaboration between Rio Hondo College Library and the Rio Hondo College Child Development Department and Child Development Center/Lab School: Children’s Story Time @ Rio Hondo College: A Campus Collaboration.

Children’s Story Time @ Rio Hondo College will teach students how to identify and utilize the children’s learning resources provided by the Rio Hondo College Library. These resources are growing to include books, puppets, flannel board stories, family magazines, child development journals, and databases, such as ProQuest. The Rio Hondo College Library is working with Child Development Department instructors to select story time materials and educate students.

In coordinating the Verizon grant, librarian/instructor, Monique Delatte, developed and taught six unique classes for students in three child development courses: Principles and Practice of Early Childhood Education, Creative Art Experiences for Children, and Child Development and Community. Classes taught by Delatte focus on subjects like selecting story time books, developing art activities to enhance the stories shared at story time, discovering art through children’s literature, and even coordinating opportunities to volunteer with children in the community. Books utilized in these classes include: social tolerance titles such as Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo; art in literature titles such as Popigami: When Everyday Paper Pops by James Diaz and Brava, Strega Nona! written by Tomie dePaola and illustrated by Robert Clarke Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart; and volunteerism titles such as Rainbow Resource Directory. Dr. Carol Sigala says, “I have greatly enjoyed collaborating with the Rio Hondo College Library as we implement the Verizon and Target grants promoting early childhood literacy. Our child development students are benefiting significantly from this program. Ultimately, the children to whom they will be reading will benefit tremendously from this collaboration.”

The grants also funded a Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed carpet and matching child-sized furniture setting. These furnishings help to delineate the children’s section of Rio Hondo College’s new, state-of-the-art, $36 million library and learning resource center. During the week preceding finals, Delatte used this area to demonstrate preschool story time techniques for Sigala’s students. Child Development Center children enjoyed the storytelling and crafting fun. Lupe Scianni, Interim Director of the Child Development Center, observes, “Visiting the Rio Hondo College Library for story time exposes the Lab School children to the larger campus community. We hope that these activities normalize expectations of college attendance for our preschoolers.”

Delatte describes the cooperation across departments as fruitful, “Working with faculty in the Child Development Department and the Child Development Center has been rewarding for the library. We are able to use the Verizon and Target monies to enhance our storytelling collection, and the opportunity for outreach has reminded students that Rio Hondo College Library offers a working collection for both parents and students.” Director of the Child Development Center, Norayma Cabot, Sigala, and librarians Debby Yashar, Judy Sevilla-Marzona, and Delatte selected story time titles for the library collection. Library and Student Learning Support Dean, Kats Gustafson explains, “Expanding the resources available to the instructors and students of the Child Development Department is a great benefit of these grants. In these challenging economic times, we are especially pleased to offer students even more materials and library classes through our partnerships with Verizon Foundation and Target.”

“As a ‘Literacy Champion,’ Verizon partners with organizations that are working to increase reading skills,” said Mike Murray, Director – Government and External Affairs. “The Rio Hondo College library project is a comprehensive literacy strategy that sets a standard.”

Rio Hondo College is a Hispanic-serving institution. The student body is comprised of persons from Whittier and the surrounding areas.

Verizon is committed to being America's literacy champion. The company is conducting a national campaign to increase community awareness and to generate additional funding and support of literacy programs for adults, children and families. Working under the banner of Verizon Reads, a private charity, the award-winning philanthropy program reaches out to the nearly 40 million Americans who have low literacy skills. For more information on Verizon Reads, visit www.VerizonReads.net.


Media Contact Information:

Monique Delatte
Adjunct Librarian
Rio Hondo College Library
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, California 90601
562.463.6642


Mike Murray
Government & External Affairs Director
Verizon Foundation
Long Beach, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Southeast Los Angeles
Office: 562-435-9594
Fax: 562-435-9810

Project Rio Hondo: An e-Learning Tutorial (Verizon gives $12,500.00)
Verizon is contributing $12,500.00 through the Rio Hondo College Foundation to fund a Rio Hondo College Library online library literacy tutorial: Project Rio Hondo: An e-Learning Tutorial. The goal of this new initiative is to improve the retention rates of entering freshman by increasing their ability to identify and employ library resources through the development of an e-Learning tutorial to be used by remedial and entry-level English classes, speech classes, and social sciences classes. Project Rio Hondo will complement classes by providing convenient 24/7 access to information about how to conduct research and complete reports and essays. As much as 80% of all Rio Hondo College classes already have an online component to assist nontraditional students.

Project Rio Hondo will teach students how to identify and utilize the learning resources provided by the Rio Hondo College Library. These resources include books, magazines, journals, newspapers, and databases, such a ProQuest and Gale Virtual Reference Library. Currently, the librarians instruct students in the use of resources that are accessible to all Rio Hondo College students through on-campus orientations. These library literacy workshops reach 66%-75% of the remedial and entry-level English classes. The e-Learning technology will allow librarians to reach students off-campus as well, extending library outreach to include 100% of remedial and entry-level English classes. The use of these interactive learning tools will increase library literacy. Student knowledge of learning resources correlates to heightened confidence in writing reports and essays and conducting research.


The Verizon grant will pay for software and librarian time. Librarians Tatiana Shabelnik and Marco Carrillo will design and implement Project Rio Hondo, which will be available to the over 20,000 Rio Hondo College students. Shabelnik has extensive experience in the development of online information for college students, and will lead Project Rio Hondo. Carrillo is a practiced designer of Web information and will assist Shabelnik. Shabelnik says, “The library will greatly benefit from online tutorials. Linked from the main Rio Hondo Library Web page, the tutorials will offer patrons step-by-step demonstrations of how to use databases, Rio WebCat, and library services. Patrons will be able to watch the tutorials at their own pace. If they do not understand a particular concept, they can rewind the frame or they can fast forward through those frames with which they were already familiar.” She continues, “Online tutorials also will be used as student assessment tools as they will include quizzes/feedback surveys at the end of each tutorial. These comments will help us to improve the design/content of future tutorials. I am very excited about this project!”

Carrillo agrees, “This generous grant from Verizon will enhance the information competency of our library community. We are grateful and motivated to enrich our library's services.” Project Rio Hondo will be promoted by the Dean of Student Learning Support and Articulation, Dr. Loretta Canett-Bailes, and the Rio Hondo College Library librarians. This team will work to build campus-wide support and awareness of Project Rio Hondo.

Verizon is committed to being America's literacy champion. The company is conducting a national campaign to increase community awareness and to generate additional funding and support of literacy programs for adults, children and families. Working under the banner of Verizon Reads, a private charity, the award-winning philanthropy program reaches out to the nearly 40 million Americans who have low literacy skills. For more information on Verizon Reads, visit www.VerizonReads.net.

Rudy Martinez and wonderful cast score in Remembering the Future: A Journey through the Mind of Rio Hondo College

Article published: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
El Monte Mid Valley Newspaper

Remembering the Future: A Journey through the Mind of Rio Hondo College
Whittier —Rio Hondo College will present an original play, "Remembering the Future: A Journey through the Mind of Rio Hondo College," written by Bernardo Solano and directed by William Korf.  Performances will be April 27th through April 29th at 8 pm and on April 30th at 2:30 pm in Wray Theater on the Rio Hondo College campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier.  Performances are open to the public and parking is free.

Whittier —Rio Hondo College will present an original play, "Remembering the Future: A Journey through the Mind of Rio Hondo College," written by Bernardo Solano and directed by William Korf.  Performances will be April 27th through April 29th at 8 pm and on April 30th at 2:30 pm in Wray Theater on the Rio Hondo College campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier.  Performances are open to the public and parking is free.

   The play introduces a new theater genre to the campus.  Two years in the making, "Remembering the Future" evolved from several two-hour meetings that were held with members of classified staff.  These meetings, called story circles, involved 5 to 10 participants and were recorded by Mr. Solano. Those conversations have served as the foundation of which the play is built.

   This type of community-based theater began as a way to create an artistic voice for groups that historically have not been heard.  One other community-based company, Cornerstone Theater Company, has been creating new plays and adapting classic plays to mirror integral parts of everyday life since 1986.  Professor William Korf spent a portion of his sabbatical with the Cornerstone Theater company and brought his experience to the development of this play.

   "Thousands of students are involved in the Arts programs at Rio Hondo College," said Gary Mendez, President of the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees.  "Through their participation, students receive high quality cutting edge education and exposure.  This play is a wonderful example of innovation in the Arts Department."

   Korf and Solano created composite characters from the story circle conversations.  Not only are those stories the basis for the play, but five of the 50 staff that participated in the conversations will act in the play.  The hope is that this will be just the first of series of performances from the many different groups that make up Rio Hondo College.

   "In a time of transition on this campus, the creation of this play was very important.  The goal is to build understanding about how the campus has come to be and how each of our lives plays a part in the transition of this institution," said Korf.  "I am hopeful that members of the classified staff will attend the play-their participation brings the entire process full circle."

   "Remembering the Future" has 20 Rio Hondo College students, both theater majors and non-theater majors are in the cast.  The play is the first community-based play that Korf has directed and promises to be a historical event.

  "Communication and collaboration is at the heart of this College," said Dr. Rose Marie Joyce, President of Rio Hondo College.  "I look forward to attending the play and seeing an illustration of that communication and collaboration in action."


Halloween '05 and L.I.B. (Librarians In Black)
Taking our cue from "Men in Black" the library staff pose threateningly in our lobby which was decorated with scary items.

Rio Hondo College Archival Photographs
View a small, but growing, collection of archival photographs of the campus.

Past Events

One Book, One Whittier
The City of Whittier read The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West during the month of February. There were book discussions, film screenings and presentations throughout the City of Whittier. Copies of the novel are available at Whittier Central Library, the Whittwood Branch Library, and right here at the Rio Hondo College Library.

Luis Rodriguez
 

California Stories : Reading

The Grapes of Wrath Library Display (John Steinbeck) 

The Grapes of Wrath Subject Guide (John Steinbeck)

 

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